Hall County Library System's new hours:
Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Gainesville, Blackshear Place, and Spout Springs branches)
Several Hall County libraries are staying open longer thanks to some new revenue for the system.
Almost two years ago, the Hall County Library System began offering passports at its Blackshear Place Branch, which has increased the system’s annual revenue by almost $30,000. Library System Director Lisa MacKinney said in May that the system wanted to use that money to keep libraries open longer.
Effective on Tuesday, libraries will do just that. All branches will be open two hours longer each day, meaning there will be more than 500 hours of added operating hours each year, according to an announcement this week.
MacKinney said in May that she hoped to expand hours at most branches to keep them open until 8 p.m., but unexpected increases in the cost of employee benefits meant they “weren’t able to do everything we dreamed” but “we are still excited for positive progress.”